Lin Dan Takes First Title of 2010

Just as in the World Championships last month, China was well represented on finals day with 3 of the 5 finals being all-Chinese affairs.

The first title went to Tao and Tian in the mixed doubles, as the 7th seeded pair defeated their unseeded opponent Xu and Yu in two games, winning 21-11, 21-14 in 30 minutes.  The women’s doubles was again an all-Chinese matchup with Wang and Yu taking on their unseeded opponents Bao and Lu. The match was never a contest as the new partnership of Wang and Yu defeated Bao and Lu 21-8, 21-8.

The double world champions in the men’s doubles, Cai and Fu continued their excellent form with a two game victory over Ko and Yoo, the 4th seeds from Korea. Their 21-14, 21-19 victory was the Chinese pairs 14th consecutive win, dating back to their All-England defeat in March.

The women’s singles final had some European interest as Tine Baun’s victory over top seed Wang Yihan but couldn’t put out a second Chinese seed in the final as Wang Xin put her world championship defeat behind her to take the China Masters title in superb fashion, winning 21-13, 21-9.

Lin Dan reached his first final of the year and looked to be in superb form but had a tough task in the final against Chen Long, who defeated Bao Chunlai to set up the all-Chinese final. After taking the opening game, Chen Long battled back to take the second game as Lin Dan dropped his first game of the week. However the 4th seed responded like the Lin Dan of old and won the next two games to take his first title of 2010, winning 15-21, 21-13, 21-14.

Final Results

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